A mini-controversy was generated in Canada over the screening of an anti-Iran propaganda movie called "Iranium" at a Canadian library. Apparently the Library 1) "received threats of violence" 2) was pressured from the Iranian regime and they had to cancel the event. The Canadian government then stepped in to force the screening of said film.
Now we know that all the reports about the "threat of violence" was a false alarm. And I personally suspect it was started by the same people who are pushing to get this propaganda movie reach as many audience as possible.
The focus of this blog however, is not on this fake controversy but on the propaganda that is Iranium.
Richard Silverstein of the Tikun Ulam blog and the neocon-watchers over at Lobelog have documented the people and money behind this effort better than anyone. From right wing ultra orthodox Israelis and highly motivated Islamophobes and pro-war-on-Iran neoconservatives to Koch-style conservatives. Previously they were responsible for anti-Muslim conspiracy films, Third Jihad, Obsession.
Iranium features hardliners such as Bernard Lewis, ex-CIA director and bomb-Iran man, James Woolsey, Ambassador Mustache, great friend of Maryam Rajavi, Israel-should-nuke-Iran John Bolton, Islam-is-taking-over-America, Obama-is-a-muslim Frank Gaffney, Former Israeli Ambassador, UN, Amb. Dore Gold, crazy Iranian "expert", colleague of Doug Feith and protegé of Bernard Lewis and Richard Perle, Harold Rhodes. "Iranian Chalabi" and neocon Richard Perle protege, Abbas Fakhravar, liar and distorter-in-cheif Michael Ledeen. and many more.
Concerned Iranians should not underestimate the reach of this propaganda campaign. The fact that the Iranian regime, which many of us are against allegedly protested against this film should not discourage us from pushing back against blatant fear mongering and pro-war agenda of neocons and their like-minded allies. anti-war activists need to push back far and wide, from America, Canada to Europe to a) peacefully denounce this misinformation campaign b) expose the people behind them c) arm themselves with facts to counter the propaganda. Obsession was distributed to 20 million Americans free of charge during the presidential race of 2008 to tarnish the image of Obama and Muslims in the eyes of many Americans. My guesstimate would be that Iranium will be circulated to more than America and Americans. It will be distributed wildly.
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